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Flat Panel Roundup

Whether you pick LCD or plasma, once you go flat, you'll never go back.

This story appears in the June 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You don't have to look too hard to find a business reason to invest in a flat-panel plasma or LCD TV. There are plenty of good-looking flat screens out there that can double as large computer displays and become the centerpiece of your converged home office and entertainment system. As the lines between business and personal life blur, plasma and LCD TVs are finding a place in work life. Businesses and public meeting spots looking to upgrade their meeting room technology should be able to justify going with one of these large displays.

The big question is: LCD or plasma? Each has its pros and cons, and this is one product category where beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. But there are some generalizations that can be made. Plasma TVs are reputed to provide better viewing when screen sizes exceed 40 inches. They also have wider viewing angles and good color reproduction. LCDs, on the other hand, tend to live longer and be available with higher screen resolutions that make for good high-definition viewing of graphics when hooked up to a PC. If you're in the market for a sub-40-inch screen, you'll probably find LCD prices more to your liking. Whichever way you go, you'll get a lot of viewing space in a very slim package--and most flat screens are wall-mountable, too.

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